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Volume 5 Coming Soon!

Color, Light, Vision, Perception

This long-awaited volume brings color and light to the forefront, describing demonstrations that effectively communicate science both to students and to general audiences. The author and his collaborators Rodney Schreiner and Jerry Bell provide detailed instructions both for displaying colorful phenomena and illustrating scientific principles, and they describe what happens when visual information enters the human eye and is perceived by the brain.
With over 50 demonstrations and multiple procedures this volume sets new goals and expectations for arousing and sustaining interest in chemical transformations. Also included is a rich introductory section that explains the science of color and light and outlines the chemical processes of vision and the effects of visual stimuli that lead to perception.
Each demonstration includes seven sections: a brief summary, a materials list, a step-by-step account of procedures to be used, an explanation of the hazards involved, information on how to store or dispose of the chemicals used, a discussion of the phenomena displayed and principles illustrated by the demonstration, and a list of references. As in all volumes in the series, this book aims to communicate chemistry by using pedagogical knowledge to enhance effectiveness of classroom and public presentations.

The book was published in 2011 by the University of Wisconsin Press.

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In the popular four-volume series, Chemical Demonstrations: A Handbook for Teachers of Chemistry, Professor Shakhashiri and collaborators present a wide range of original and adapted demonstrations for displaying and teaching about chemical phenomena in science classrooms at all levels. The series has been translated into several languages. Future volumes will reflect advances in science and show how laboratory discoveries relate to everyday life.





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